May 12, 2021 1:14 pm
Scam Alert – Educate yourself- protect yourself.
IF THERE HAS BEEN A MAJOR STORM IN YOUR AREA…
… You are in for a deluge of door knockers to try to sell you a roof. Some will be legitimate companies that are genuinely trying to help you, and get some business for themselves, of course, nothing wrong with legitimate business opportunities. However, some will be SCAM ARTISTS and some will just be SHADY contractors, even though they are local roofers. Make sure you check for the following information to be sure who you are dealing with when getting estimates from local roofers. Anytime you are going to have major work done, check out the contractor… but after a major storm with widespread damage… it is even MORE important.
1. Go to verifyroofing.cib.ok.gov/roofing/search – you can put in contractor name or their Oklahoma Registration number to make sure they are “IN GOOD STANDING” with the Construction Industries Board. (If the name won’t pull up.. put in their number) If they do not show up in search they are either not a local roofer or they are under a different name. Make sure the name on the CIB Registration and name on insurance match.
2. Make sure they can present current insurance and that you call the agent to make sure they are paid up and the insurance is current in spite of the date on the Certificate of Insurance. (make sure the name of registered local roofer at CIB matches the name on the Certificate of Insurance)
3. Make sure that the contractor is a local company with a brick and mortar address. ( make sure they are legit local roofer in this state)
4. Find out how long the local roofer has been in business….
…and… if they have a BBB membership … find out how long they have been a member. Some out of state contractors will pay membership fees when they come into the area, just to be listed, in order to appear to be a legitimate local roofer.
5. Find out if they are a certified contractor with the shingle manufacturer so that they can offer and service a warranty for that manufacturer. ( Certified means they are authorized to put on their product for warranty purposes)
6. If they are telling you that you need to get signed with them to ensure there will be materials available… or pressuring you with a time factor… know that there was a material shortage before the April 2021 hail storm. Due to Covid closings and the ice storm that took out several asphalt manufacturing facilities, the materials needed to produce the shingles and underlayment are not readily available at this time, in some cases, for certain shingles. If they are using that as a pressure tactic… think twice. They may be making promises that they cannot keep on availability and time frame.
7. DO NOT STRESS. You do not have to answer the door, or you can put a sign on … NO SOLICITORS. And then call a local roofer you have researched… and set an appointment. So you will know who is coming to your door. It could be a longer process than normal given the current situation, but a good contractor will help you walk through it step by step and help you avoid the unnecessary stress of the unknown… and not make unrealistic promises.
We do not want to see anyone lied to or taken advantage of during a vulnerable time after a storm, or any other time for that matter. Taking a few minutes to do some research on your local roofer could save you thousands of dollars in the end and ensure the local roofer you choose will be there for you down the road, in the event of any issues with your roof.
Our Current Information as of 05/2021
Van De Steeg & Associates, Inc – Local Roofer Since 1999 – Reg# 80003989 – Michael Todd
13778 N Lincoln Blvd, Edmond, OK 73013
Phone: 405.755.7500 Text: 405.479.0587
General Liability – ECI Agency – 405.373.2977 ( Brandy)
Workers Comp – Sterling Management Group -405.726.1601 (Julie)